Archive: Summer 2016

Past Courses Offered at the Mills College Summer Institute 2016:


Contradictory Landscapes with Inge Bruggeman

Students in this three-day letterpress printing workshop will investigate a meaningful landscape (urban or rural) by creating an edition of prints that incorporate layered imagery with a small amount of text. Dynamic and even contradictory text and image relationships will be investigated while practicing accessible and alternative techniques for creating multi-layered photopolymer prints. Participants will make enough prints to exchange.

Inge Bruggeman is a faculty member at the University of Nevada Reno and Director of Graphic Arts at the Black Rock Press. Her work revolves around the idea of the book — the book as object, artifact and cultural icon. She makes artist’s books, fine press publications, prints and other text-based art that investigates our personal and collective relationship to the shifting role of the book, print media and text in our world today.


The Magic Tablet with Julie Chen

The magic tablet structure presents twelve pages that are cut into horizontal strips and assembled so that each page appears to dissolve into the next when the handles on either side of the mechanism are manipulated. This allows for multiple readings of each page as it slides in ever-changing combinations with both the previous and the following pages. Part book, part optical paper toy, this structure presents the opportunity to create mesmerizing illusions.

Julie Chen is an internationally known book artist who has been publishing limited edition artists’ books under the Flying Fish Press imprint for over 25 years. Her work can be found in numerous collections worldwide including the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. She is an associate professor of book art at Mills College.


Woodblock Printmaking on the Cylinder Proof Press with Tom Killion

Tom Killion will teach a 2.5-day intensive workshop on woodcut printmaking utilizing the Vandercook cylinder proof presses. Students should come with sketches prepared to make a 6” x 8” 3-color print. Killion will teach his own modified Japanese-style key-block technique for carving, registering and printing a multi-block, multi-color image. Students may use shina plywood and/or linoleum blocks, and experiment with gradated (‘split fountain’) inking, reduction cuts, pressure printing and make-ready to achieve Killion’s “faux ukiyo-e” effects that seek to replicate the look of Japanese woodblock prints using oil-based inks and the form rollers on a proof press.

Tom Killion founded Quail Press in 1977 and maintains a studio near Point Reyes, California. His hand printed books can be found in the rare book collections of major libraries. His work has been published in several trade editions including The High Sierra of California (Heyday Press, 2002) and Tamalpais Walking (Heyday Press, 2009), both by Tom Killion and Gary Snyder. Examples of Tom’s work can be found at

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